Isa Genzken awarded 2009 Yanghyun Prize

Isa Genzken awarded 2009 Yanghyun Prize

Yanghyun Foundation

October 11, 2009

Awards the 2009 Yanghyun Prize to Isa Genzken
Oct. 9, 2009

Venue: Centennial Memorial Hall at Korea University, Seoul, Korea

The Yanghyun Foundation(Eun Young Choi, Chief Director), announced the prizewinner of the 2009 Yanghyun Prize at the award ceremony held in the Centennial Memorial Hall of Korea University in Seoul, Korea, on Oct. 9.

Isa Genzken was awarded the 2009 Yanghyun Prize as the honorable winner of the year. Isa Genzken was born in Bad Oldesloe, Germany in 1948. She studied at the University of Visual Arts in Hamburg from 1969 to 1971, the University of Visual Arts in Berlin from 1971 to 1973, and the State Art Academy in Duseeldorf from 1973 to 1977. Genzken’s first solo exhibition was held in 1976 at the Konard Fischer Gallery in Dusseldorf, and her works have appeared in many of the world’s highest-profile exhibitions, including Documenta(1982,1992 and 2002), the Venice Biennale(1982, 1993, and 2003), Skulptur Projekte in Muenster(1987, 1997 and 2007) and the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh(2005).

Eun Young Choi, Chief Director of the Yanghyun Foundation, announced, “The Yanghyun Foundation is proud to announce the 2009 Yanghyun Prize winner as Isa Genzken and is happy to support her future artwork including major solo exhibitions at the world’s most renowned museums. Most of all, the prize implies greater meaning hence it inherits the late husband Mr. Cho’s aspiration on social contribution through the supports for art. More efforts will be followed in the future for this art award, which could globally assist talented mid career artists worldwide, so that eventually it could stand as one of the meaningful international art award that could contribute to global art world.”

Genzken commented, “I was deeply moved by this honorable opportunity that I could encounter, especially since the Yanghyun prize encourages mid career artists with such generous and unrestricted form. ”

A jury member of Yanghyun Prize, Kasper König stated, “Isa Genzken is among the leading contemporary artists and one whose works are permeated by her responsiveness to fundamental social, political and economic conditions. Her view of the world is dominated by an ambivalent and often dismayed look at the disturbing, instable and contradictory sides of human nature. Invariably hypermodern, Genzken works as an artist on the cutting edge of the nervousness and excessiveness of our existence. ”

Another jury member of Yanghyun Prize, Kathy Halbreich, the associate director of MOMA said in a statement, ” The weight and seriousness of Genzken’s work grows out of a fragile balance between philosophical inquires into the nature of contemporary life and a relentless drive to formally re-invent the world around her. While she often embraces an informal sense of craft, what initially looks so casual is intellectually consistent, deliberate and rigorously hand-made. She is a true innovator, comfortable thinking of her studio as a laboratory for constant invention. The artist moves seamlessly between private and public imagery— from x-rays of her brain to corporate logos: Genzken choreographs a defiant yet painfully delicate dance designed to find the individual’s place within a constantly changing, consumer-driven world. She turns the disposable images and materials of everyday life into something familiar yet haunting. ”

In 2008, Cameron Jamie, an artist who was born in Los Angeles, California in 1969 and lives and works in Paris, France, was awarded the 1st Yanghyun Prize. The Yanghyun prize offers one of the world’s best artist support systems. The winner is awarded prize money of KRW100,000,000 as well as a chance to showcase his or her exhibition at a world renowned museum of the winner’s choice within 3 years of receiving the prize; the propose is to expand the attention toward artists and ultimately present more powerful motivation for creativity. It is the first international art award in Korea which award 1 artist annually, without any restriction on the form of art, genre or nationality. For the sake of fairness and its authority, jury members are changed every 3 years and is composed by globally renowned museum director level curators.

About Yanghyun Prize

The Yanghyun Prize is the first international prize established by a Korean institution in 2008, with an aim of offering brilliant artists a global stage on which they can exhibit their talents. It has always been a long-time wish of the late Mr. Sooho Cho, a well-known art lover, to discover and sponsor talented artists. The Yanghyun Prize exemplifies sharing and contribution, the core philosophy of the Yanghyun Foundation. The Yanghyun Prize is given to artists whose works have been carefully reviewed by a judging committee that is composed of director-level curators from world-famous museums. Yanghyun prize grants the winner not only a cash prize of KRW100,000,000 but also a practical and innovative support system including an exhibition in one of the world renowned museums at the time of the winner’s choosing within 3 years after the grant.


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